Hilton Head Island Rotary Honors Norm Reeves
Rotarian and Centenarian: Norm Reeves was honored, roasted, and maybe a little embarrassed with all of the attention he received at our Thursday Club meeting. It was a celebration of his 100th birthday and his 71 years of 100 percent attendance at weekly Rotary Club meetings. He did mention afterwards that he had gotten a doctor’s excuse at least one time for a surgical procedure. Nothing is stopping Norm’s record . Well, as David Lauderdale innocently mentioned, there is also the matter about Norm being in charge of attendance records! Marc Stuckart stated during his roasting remarks that Norm is the Iron Man of Rotary.
A resolution from the mayor was read, our District Governor read a letter to Norm sent by the current President of Rotary International, and the club gave $4,936 in his name to the Rotary Foundation, which was also born 100 years ago with a donation of $26.50. Thanks to the many Rotarians who made a donation in Norm’s honor to the Foundation.
Norm’s father, also a Rotarian, started a construction company 98 years ago. Norm ran it after getting a degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business. Today, the third and fourth generations of the family are running it, still building churches, private schools, universities, senior-living communities and health care facilities.
Norm and his wife Maude retired to Hilton Head 24 years ago. About 30 family members were here or enroute here this past weekend to celebrate Norm’s birthday. Norm’s son Rob presented his father’s life story, including the time in 1927 that he had double pneumonia, mumps and whooping cough all at the same time—and obviously survived it all.
Norm performs at Memory Matters every Friday. His specialty is telling quick jokes—the cornier the better. And he proudly keeps a diary of the jokes he tells so he never repeats them. Needless to say, Norm spends time each week finding new jokes to tell. He is also entertaining the musicians who are part of the weekly visits. The musicians presented him at the meeting with “The Silver Tongue Award, for a century of wit, wisdom and community service.”
In his sage parting words, Rotarian Norm reminded members that Rotary is a “Service Club”, not a lunch social club, and “if you don’t want to work and do service, Get Out!” -Rob Lee-